How orthopedic surgeon pay has changed in the past 10 years

Orthopedic

Orthopedic surgery dropped from the top spot in Medscape's highest-paid physician specialties in 2021, but has been consistently among the top three highest earners.

Here's how orthopedic surgeon pay has changed over the past 10 years, according to Medscape's Physician Compensation Report 2012-2021. 

2021
Plastic surgery: $526,000
Orthopedics: $511,000
Cardiology: $459,000

2020
Orthopedics: $511,000
Plastic surgery: $479,000
Otolaryngology: $455,000

2019
Orthopedics: $482,000
Plastic surgery: $471,000
Otolaryngology: $461,000

2018
Plastic surgery: $501,000
Orthopedics: $497,000
Cardiology: $423,000

2017
Orthopedics: $489,000
Plastic surgery: $440,000
Cardiology: $410,000

2016
Orthopedics: $443,000
Cardiologists: $410,000
Dermatologists: $381,000

2015
Orthopedics: $421,000
Cardiology: $376,000
Gastroenterology: $370,000

2014
Orthopedics: $413,000
Cardiology: $351,000
Urology: $348,000

2013
Orthopedics: $405,000
Cardiology: $357,000
Radiology: $349,000

2012
Radiology: $315,000
Orthopedics: $315,000
Cardiology: $314,000

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